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Cummins12V98

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Jerry Said....."Yes, it is obvious Grit knows more about trucks than you, as do many other members!"

That kinda hurt me a little. [emoticon]


So "knowing" about trucks means "knowing" that the manufacturers' ratings are BS? Well, I guess I'm an idiot.


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ShinerBock wrote:

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Only in the RVnet forum would we boast about our favorite brand’s 3500 DRW being rated to tow more than 4 times its weight yet freak out when someone asks about an 8k lb HD 2500 truck towing 1.75 times its weight.


DUDE, don't you know the HIPS make all the difference???????



No other class of truck is rated to tow more than 4 times it's weight even those with double "hips" like the 25k lb class 8 semi that is maxed out towing 55k lbs (GCW 80k). That is only 2.2 times it's weight. Those must be some super special "hips" to allow it to tow more than 4 times it's weight yet a 2500 not able to tow less than 2 times it's weight or a class 8 truck only able to tow less than 2.5 times it's weight.


Shiner, you 2 are on the same team here....


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If you like messing with your vehicles go 3/4 ton, I towed a 14,000lb gooseneck with a 2013 2500HD and had to add helper springs, upgraded shocks and upgraded tires. My pin weight was over 3000lbs.


And yet aside from spring rate, the trucks are the same. Hence the helper springs. The other 2 items you’re claiming are just for effect, since 1 ton srw trucks are available with the same wheels and tires as 3/4 tons and shocks, well, 90% of factory shocks are less than stellar and they have no bearing on load carrying capacity.
Nice try though.


I’ll give you the shocks even though they can make the difference between a good towing experience and not. I have an issue overloading tires I guess you don’t? My factory tires were 6400lbs and hooked up the rear axle was about 7000lbs.


And you're not going to get measurably, or any, better OE shocks, apples to apples on a 3500 vs a 2500.
Same with tires (and rims). Doesn't matter that you had 17" rims with 3195lb rated tires. A comparable 1 ton could, would and did get offered with the same tires and wheels. Also a comparable 3/4 and 1 ton can and does get offered with the same 18 or 20" wheels with far greater tire ratings. (Feel a little dejavu like we had this exact same dialouge in the past...)

And no I don't have a problem with overloading tires (in a literal sense). I'll throw 60psi in a 44-50 psi tire to keep it from squatting, handling like poo and getting hot from flexing, if the load of the day calls for it. ( I do not do this as a general matter of course, but it is an effective bandaid that to be fair I don't condone others randomly doing).
I also don't have a problem overloading tires on my HD trucks either. Current 2500 has 3750lb rated tires @ 65psi max cold pressure.

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I like driving on my limiter. Foot to the floor and it's almost like cruise control. [emoticon]

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ShinerBock wrote:

Cummins12V98 wrote:

ShinerBock wrote:

Only in the RVnet forum would we boast about our favorite brand’s 3500 DRW being rated to tow more than 4 times its weight yet freak out when someone asks about an 8k lb HD 2500 truck towing 1.75 times its weight.


DUDE, don't you know the HIPS make all the difference???????



No other class of truck is rated to tow more than 4 times it's weight even those with double "hips" like the 25k lb class 8 semi that is maxed out towing 55k lbs (GCW 80k). That is only 2.2 times it's weight. Those must be some super special "hips" to allow it to tow more than 4 times it's weight yet a 2500 not able to tow less than 2 times it's weight or a class 8 truck only able to tow less than 2.5 times it's weight.


Show me a truck that IS rated to tow 4 times its own weight.

Any DRW 3500 that's rated to tow 30k+ is pushing 10k empty these days. I'm talking about the bare truck fresh off the dealer lot. Puts you down in the mid 3's.

Now I'm going to blow your point clean out of the water: The only thing limiting a Class 8 truck is THE LAW. 80K is a legal limit. The truck is capable of far more. You can get overweight permits and tow at 102K gross easy. That gets you solidly into the "3's" with your Class 8 truck strawman. Far more is possible, all you need to do is pull the permit and have enough axles on the ground.

The Class 8 truck will do 4-5 times its own weight all day every day with a smile. A DRW 3500 at 4 times is going to start showing fatigue and wear quite early in its life.


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Grit dog wrote:

ShinerBock wrote:

Cummins12V98 wrote:

ShinerBock wrote:

Only in the RVnet forum would we boast about our favorite brand’s 3500 DRW being rated to tow more than 4 times its weight yet freak out when someone asks about an 8k lb HD 2500 truck towing 1.75 times its weight.


DUDE, don't you know the HIPS make all the difference???????



No other class of truck is rated to tow more than 4 times it's weight even those with double "hips" like the 25k lb class 8 semi that is maxed out towing 55k lbs (GCW 80k). That is only 2.2 times it's weight. Those must be some super special "hips" to allow it to tow more than 4 times it's weight yet a 2500 not able to tow less than 2 times it's weight or a class 8 truck only able to tow less than 2.5 times it's weight.


Shiner, you 2 are on the same team here....


Actually Grit,
Shiners last last comment re class 8 truck limited to 80k lbs is part of FBLs, and typical two tandems at 34k per, plus 12k on front axle. Total 80k. Put a few drop axles, spread trailer axles apart, but an appropriate tag, one can go to 120k lbs. I've seen single axle trucks, towing triples at 120k lbs where legal like Oregon.
Saw a dually 350, maybe a 450 at a boat manufacture the other day, with a 30k tok lift reciever hitch. I see them towing 30-40' aluminum rib boats with 4 outboards on the rear.
Parent company totes 40-50' military versions with older 4500 GM Dmax setups. Talking 300/600 models with the 5 or 6 sp trannies. Most of the time a tandem truck pulls larger ones.
At the end of the day, it still comes down to, do you have payload to handle hitch, people, other cargo for a given trailer.

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^Agreed. 80k gross is the min and it goes up from there with tag axles, spread axles on trailers, etc.

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mkirsch wrote:

Show me a truck that IS rated to tow 4 times its own weight.

Any DRW 3500 that's rated to tow 30k+ is pushing 10k empty these days. I'm talking about the bare truck fresh off the dealer lot. Puts you down in the mid 3's.

Now I'm going to blow your point clean out of the water: The only thing limiting a Class 8 truck is THE LAW. 80K is a legal limit. The truck is capable of far more. You can get overweight permits and tow at 102K gross easy. That gets you solidly into the "3's" with your Class 8 truck strawman. Far more is possible, all you need to do is pull the permit and have enough axles on the ground.

The Class 8 truck will do 4-5 times its own weight all day every day with a smile. A DRW 3500 at 4 times is going to start showing fatigue and wear quite early in its life.


I saw a commercial of a toyota pulling the space shuttle so, clearly there is one truck that can tow 4 times it's weight. [emoticon]

Actually in practice, I approved a permit for an overweight load of 500k lb (It was a press being shipped in for GM). Trailer was quite the monstrosity to keep the axle loads down but the semi-tractor was pretty much stock and I doubt the tractor was over 100k lb.

And the stuff I've seen in other countries...In India, the typical single unit truck had spring packs a foot thick on the rear axle...and they were still probably overloaded.

And none of this is very relevant to your average RVer.


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Show me a truck that IS rated to tow 4 times its own weight.

Any DRW 3500 that's rated to tow 30k+ is pushing 10k empty these days. I'm talking about the bare truck fresh off the dealer lot. Puts you down in the mid 3's.

Now I'm going to blow your point clean out of the water: The only thing limiting a Class 8 truck is THE LAW. 80K is a legal limit. The truck is capable of far more. You can get overweight permits and tow at 102K gross easy. That gets you solidly into the "3's" with your Class 8 truck strawman. Far more is possible, all you need to do is pull the permit and have enough axles on the ground.

The Class 8 truck will do 4-5 times its own weight all day every day with a smile. A DRW 3500 at 4 times is going to start showing fatigue and wear quite early in its life.



https://www.ramtrucks.com/content/dam/fc........500-D2_Trailer-Tow-Weight-Chart_MY21.pdf

Page 7 of 9.

Ram 3500 DRW Regular Cab 4x2 with 8' bed

Base weight(according to Ram's Chart): 7,433 lbs
Max Trailer: 37,100 lbs

37,100/7,433= 4.99

https://www.fleet.ford.com/content/dam/a........es/2022_Ford_RVandTrailerTowingGuide.pdf

page 30 of 53

Ford F450 DRW Regular Cab 4x2 with 8' bed
Base weight(according to Ford's website): 8,012 lbs
Max Trailer: 37,000 lbs

37,000/8,012= 4.62

https://es.chevrolet.com/content/dam/che........0Trailering%20Guide%20eBrochure%20v2.pdf

Page 37 of 46

Chevy 3500 DRW Regular Cab 4x2 with 8' bed
Base weight(according to GM's website): 7,469 lbs
Max Trailer: 36,000 lbs

36,000/7,469= 4.82

Also, I know class 8 trucks because I have worked in the heavy duty industry for over 20 years and my point being is that it is not always hard parts that limit a trucks actual capacities. Like class 8 is limited by laws and regulations, so is class 2b that most 2500 trucks are in that the OP was asking about. And also just like class 8 trucks, you can register a 3/4 ton to be able to carry more than the class 2b limit of 10k GVWR, but I would have to pay double the registration. Manufactures will continue to make class 2b HD trucks because fleets demand them so they don't have to pay added taxes/registration along with limited CDL requirements once you get past 10k GVWR(Class 3 and up).

So it is not the actual hard parts that is limiting 2500's these days. It is laws and regulations of class 2b trucks just like the laws and regulations that limit class 8 trucks.

And no, you will need a special truck to tow 4-5 times the weight. These are called heavy haul spec'ed trucks and they are heavier than your regular on highway tractor with a GCW of 80k due to the added pusher axles and other beefier components. We made a lot of these heavy haul trucks when I worked for Peterbilt/Kenworth, and also made engine for them when I worked at Cummins. Now we sell them at my current company.

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valhalla360 wrote:

mkirsch wrote:

Show me a truck that IS rated to tow 4 times its own weight.

Any DRW 3500 that's rated to tow 30k+ is pushing 10k empty these days. I'm talking about the bare truck fresh off the dealer lot. Puts you down in the mid 3's.

Now I'm going to blow your point clean out of the water: The only thing limiting a Class 8 truck is THE LAW. 80K is a legal limit. The truck is capable of far more. You can get overweight permits and tow at 102K gross easy. That gets you solidly into the "3's" with your Class 8 truck strawman. Far more is possible, all you need to do is pull the permit and have enough axles on the ground.

The Class 8 truck will do 4-5 times its own weight all day every day with a smile. A DRW 3500 at 4 times is going to start showing fatigue and wear quite early in its life.


I saw a commercial of a toyota pulling the space shuttle so, clearly there is one truck that can tow 4 times it's weight. [emoticon]

Actually in practice, I approved a permit for an overweight load of 500k lb (It was a press being shipped in for GM). Trailer was quite the monstrosity to keep the axle loads down but the semi-tractor was pretty much stock and I doubt the tractor was over 100k lb.

And the stuff I've seen in other countries...In India, the typical single unit truck had spring packs a foot thick on the rear axle...and they were still probably overloaded.

And none of this is very relevant to your average RVer.


This is actually one of the most relevant things posted on this topic. What you just effectively communicated is that average, too much time on their hands, sticker readin, non understandin, overtly literal and arguably overly cautious typical rvnet weight cop might may just be a teensy weensy bit overzealous in their assertions!

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